Church orders and hierarchy

There are 3 divisions in the church: the Monastic, the Natural and the Temporal. Further complicating things are the Orders. Orders are almost like career paths within the church, representing various mind-sets. They exist outside of the religious ranking system, yet have huge influence in the church as they play a direct role in church politics. The exception to this is the Monastic division of the church, which is the weakest division and does not claim any orders. I will list the top three orders under each division’s rank structure:

High Chancellor (formerly Morninglord) –head of church
High Celestial (rules in High Chancellor’s absence, more of a hands-on office)

Monastic Division:
High Deacon (sometimes Protodeacon) –head of the Monastic order
Deacon (run the day to day affairs)
Novice/Brother/Sister (grunt level)

Natural Division:
Archcleric (head of the Natural division)
Cleric (run the day to day affairs)
Acolyte (grunts)

Natural Division Orders:
Holy Order of Hospitallers
Divine Knights of Solaire, formerly the Sunmasters
Sacred Path of the Celestial Sky

Temporal Division:
Protarch (head of the Temporal division)
Exarch (run the day to day affairs)
Subarch (grunts)

Temporal Division Orders:
Holy Legates of Amaunator (considered the most powerful order at this time)
Temporal Union of Amaunator –Knights Temporal
Holy Pecuniary Order of Amaunator

One final note about the division between the Natural and the Temporal: the divide has grown so much that priests under each division actually have manifested different powers. Temporal priests are obsessed with time, with measurement, with money and the power that comes with money. They generally abhor nature, seeing the countryside as something you pass through on your way to the next bastion of civilization.

Church orders and hierarchy

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